[NEWS] ‘Budget protects tobacco companies rather than public health’




The government’s plan for controlling tobacco consumption is a plan without a road map, speakers at a program said on Saturday.

They alleged that the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year is safeguarding tobacco companies’ interests rather than ensuring public health and safety, which would also hinder achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the future.

A press conference on reactions to the tobacco VAT in the proposed budget for FY19 was organized by Progga and Anti-Tobacco media Alliance (ATMA) at the city’s Press Club on Saturday.

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